CLOVER -- Ron Wright's year just keeps getting better.
The Clover High principal was named 2008 Citizen of the Year on Thursday during the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting at the Larne Building in downtown Clover.
Also lauded at the event was Clover Community Bank, named 2008 Business of the Year.
For Wright, the award follows a recent promotion to become the district's assistant superintendent for administrative services. He also was honored this school year as Class 4A Principal of the Year by the S.C. Athletic Administrators Association and recognized by the S.C. Music Educators Association for his support of Clover High's fine arts program.
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"He is Clover High's No. 1 cheerleader," said Bobby Meek, last year's citizen of the year and Wright's award presenter. "He's been involved so long and done so much for this community."
Wright, a native of Tampa, Fla., came to Clover High School in 1975 as assistant band director. Since then, he has worked as band director, principal and assistant superintendent. He's been principal at Clover High for eight years. In the community, Wright's held a variety of roles ranging from assistant Scout master to little league coach. He also organized the singing Christmas tree for the Cloverleaf Foundation, played in his church's praise band and for several years performed with a beach and oldies band.
"Ron has an abundance in energy, and it shows," said Meek, adding that Wright expects excellence from his students and staff and they "accepted his challenge and performed well."
This school year alone, under Wright's leadership Clover High brought home state championships in band, football and choral.
After the meeting, Wright said he was honored by the chamber's award, but then gave the credit to his students and staff.
"I have the great benefit of having a lot of wonderful people around me," Wright said.
He also credits the Clover community.
"I've been very fortunate to have a wonderful home for my family in this community," Wright said.
In other business
Clover Community Bank also grabbed the spotlight Thursday, earning business of the year accolades for bringing the community together, said Vance Stine, award presenter.
The bank started in 1987 in Clover and has since expanded to four locations, including full-service banks in Clover, Lake Wylie and York and a loan office in Rock Hill.
Community is the key to the bank's success, said Gwen Thompson, chief executive officer and president of the bank, who, along with state Rep. Herb Kirsh, chairman of the bank's board of directors, accepted the award.
"It's all about the people," Thompson said.
Also Thursday, Lake Wylie Pilot's Kristin Alley rotated off the board of directors and the chamber appointed new board members Brenda Boyd, Kevin Falde, Vance Stine and Enquirer-Herald account executive Kristen Ledford Glenn.
Martha Jean Starnes was tapped as the 2008-2009 board president.